Interior Design For ChildrenWritten by Rosemary Leake
Interior design for children is one of most fun, delightful aspects of business if you ask me. It is so fun because children are limitless as far as their creativity and imaginations are concerned. Whenever planning interior design for children, be sure to involve children in planning and-if you feel very brave, implementation of your designs.
A good beginning point or theme for interior design for children is to start with any favorite activity or toy or even character of child’s interest. Remember that many items of interest to children are topics that will change with time so try to take advantage of these interests and favorites with accessories and changes that will be easy to replace in future as their interests and needs change. If a child has an interest or a particular activity that they are very enthused about and they have a special request that would make design very special to them, go for it as long as parents are as enthusiastic as child is. Also, forewarn them of any possible headaches they might experience changing it in future when it comes time to redesign space in order to accommodate child’s changing needs.
When choosing your color plan or schemes remember that interior design for children offers you unique opportunities to use bold or bright colors that would usually not be ideal for use in adult surroundings. Along same lines, certain areas of room would be more ergonomic to use as focal points then would in an adult’s atmosphere. For example, a chalkboard or toy box might capture a child’s attention more so then would a table or seating arrangement.
Another aspect of design that will vary from adult tastes when planning interior design for children would be accessories that will be used to highlight and accentuate key features. Toys and collectibles make wonderful objects to use in this application. However, many times toys that are placed on display or for decoration are toys that child would enjoy much more by being able to play with it rather then it actually being on display. You can solve this dilemma by either using old, unused toys that no longer captivate child’s interests or even by purchasing duplicates and allowing them to actually use one version of toy and letting them know that others are ‘for looking only’.
Interior Design For CouplesWritten by Rosemary Leake
Interior design for couples is one of hottest, most popular types of design these days. In past, men have not taken initiative to actually be involved in interior design of their homes, often resulting in very female orientated, elegant designs that are beautiful although not exactly appealing to Saturday afternoon football crew. This type of design is often beautiful and can be ideal in certain situations. Although, more and more men today are interested in helping to decide what their home looks like on inside!
Beware! Interior design for couples can put you (the designer) into a bit of a hot seat in battle of sexes. Here are a few tips on how to avoid disaster. First of all, always communicate with and listen to what both parties involved envision as being their dream space. Many times one party or other will be much more dominate in planning and conversations then other. Take note of this and pay special attention to quiet party by asking questions and making sure to offer them opportunity to express themselves. In this aspect of interior design for couples, you are mediator. Take both sides into careful consideration before doing any planning.
During planning stages, again, be sure to include both parties in process and if one person is noticeably quiet during conversation, don’t be shy to point things out that might be important to them. This way, you tend to buffer any arguments or resentment that may arise from your interjection of a neutral opinion or thoughts. If there are any problems, remind them both that your vision is to create a space that is pleasant and acceptable to both of them and that interior design for couples can be unpleasant but it is very easy to work within both person’s boundaries in order to ensure that everyone is happy with outcome.